WHY KIGALI ?
Fascinated with African Art (and obsessed with
Africa since my first visit) I chose 'Kigali' after creating a font of the
same name. Learn More about the Kigali typeface.
Africa, the cradle of civilization is the
birthplace of all art. It's influence of 'primitive'
or 'tribal art' can be seen in the works of many 20th century masters and
continues to inspire artists around the world including myself. I try to
create elegant, simple designs that will hold up with time.
KIGALI DESIGNS is a design and development company located in
Massachusetts. With over 20 years
experience, our expertise is in type design and development for a
wide range of scripts/languages. It's founder
Diane Collier has established a reputation in the industry for providing
high quality work while developing long term relationships with companies
like Microsoft, Ascender and MonoType Imaging.
Other clients; software companies, graphic departments, academia and
individuals. Diane also provides training in many of the industry's type
We also design websites and are dedicated to working
together with our clients to create affordable on-line solutions. Our
mission in web development is clean effective design with simple intuitive
navigation. Whether it's a brand new web site or a fresh update of your
existing site, let us help you define your presence on the web. Call for a
DIANE COLLIER (founder Kigali Designs)
I started my professional career in 1988 as a type designer
for Compugraphic Corp. in Massachusetts. Having
majored in fine arts then graphic design in college, I found type design to
be a perfect fit for my creative side and my structured type-A personality.
I started Kigali Designs in 1998 doing freelance font work for Microsoft on
a variety of scripts. My love for type, especially non-latin
scripts grew. While I speak only English (and limited French & German)
I really enjoy learning the alphabets and shaping rules of complex scripts
like; Arabic, Tibetan, Thai, Mongolian and Indic scripts. I continue to
work with Microsoft, other software companies and large type houses as well
as individual designers and calligraphers world wide.
The web created a boom for graphic designers and I dove head first into this exciting new media. I went
back to school where I learned html (using notepad) in an intensive web
development certificate program. The standards are forever changing and I
enjoy keeping current with the latest technologies. While most of my time
is spent on the computer and I have less time to draw or paint, I still
like to get my hands 'dirty' by teaching pottery at a local art school
where I also serve on the board. The Essex Art Center offers a variety of art classes for both kids and adults.
You can view my pottery and clay tiles on
the faculty page.
When not working I'd rather be outside and stay active
with running, hiking and swimming. My latest ambition is sailing. I'm now
certified to charter my own boats and have sailed around the BVI. I try to
escape every few years and have traveled extensively in Africa, Europe,
Central and South America and a bit in Asia. You can see some of my
photographs from various trips to Africa on the home page. I'm also a fan
of world music with a collection from around the globe.
Read some testimonials about Diane Collier and